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How to identify a specific operating system with port scans?

According to the implementation of the TCP/IP stack an attacker is able to identify which operating system is running on a network device. Is there any paper or the like according on this topic?
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What do Msgsrvr and Scientia-ssdb do?

I'm having a task in a computer security class in school where I'm supposed to scan a host for open ports in order to find out what services are being run there. I have found out (among other things) ...
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Major differences between Kali and SecurityOnion

Curious about the major differences between Kali Linux and SecurityOnion. Do you think it would be easy or useful to replicate what has been done with SecurityOnion on Kali? Why is there such a ...
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Forensic research: What OS to use [closed]

I have been given an assignment from my school, in wich I have been given a Virtual image of a compromised system. The first thing I need to do is setup a environment to wich we can mount the image. I ...
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Do the Linux binary blobs contain any intentional security holes?

This question covers the risks of accepting Binary blobs in one's distribution. This may be a very paranoid conspiracy question. But considering all the topics regarding the NSA in 2013 one cannot ...
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Basic Security Knowledge [closed]

Perhaps I am being both naive and overly ambitious in my first post but I have a huge interest in learning about network and system security and am at a loss as to where to begin. I realize that stack ...
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Tails like OS for Smartphones

In Jacob Applebaum's latest talk at the 30c3 conference, he advised all journalists to use Tails or similar OS for their laptops. Does anyone know of a similar OS or functionality for Smartphones? ...
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Can hackers detect my operating system?

I've seen people demonstrating the use of backtrack to attack VMs. In one of the components of backtrack, it shows the operating system of the targets. Since support for Windows XP is ending soon, i ...
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Trust a possibly compromised system for iso downloads

My only operational computer has shown some wierd signs like disapearing logs, rotated logs gone random files getting updated and so on. Tho this is my only operational computer and I have decided to ...
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Where does Active Directory store user hashes?

During a penetration test for a client, having an infrastructure with multiple (5) Active Directory Servers (Win Serv 2008 R2)... I found a nice exploit to drop a system shell in one of the servers, ...
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Is Chrome in Metro Mode more secure than Chrome in Desktop Mode?

With Windows 8, Microsoft introduces the Metro Apps which run in a sandbox environment, and therefore should be more secure. I would be interested to know if this higher security that the metro apps ...
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Creating New Acc in Mac Mail 1st Connect to Server not SSL is uname & pw tx secure?

It appears that whenever you set up a new mail account on Mac Mail on OS X (or iPhone, iPad etc), that as soon as you enter the server and the mail account user name and password, Mac Apple-Mail tries ...
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BSD encryption advantages [closed]

If someone who knows about the BSD project has a moment to answer this, I'm wondering a few things about the encryption used. It's more than what I'm finding in the docs and on Wiki/Google (even the ...
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access control-intersection of subjects’ permissions

In the book named "operating system security", I read this paragraph: "Protection domains can also be constructed from an intersection of the associated subjects (e.g., Windows 2000 Restricted ...
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DLL preloading attack - are IAT libraries affected too?

I'm about to distribute a dll library (there's also a linux version) to my users but I'm afraid of dll preloading attacks (i.e. someone substituting its malicious dll to get called by mine and gain ...
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Security of different OS

At my work we are given a computer to set up at home so if we ever feel like working from home we can do so. The thing is that whenever it comes to developing for java I always prefer using windows or ...
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What does Mark Shuttleworth mean by “we have root”?

In a blog post in response to the Amazon privacy controversy, Mark Shuttleworth wrote: Don’t trust us? Erm, we have root. You do trust us with your data already. You trust us not to screw up on ...
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Is bugged CPU mean “gameover” for whole Computer? [closed]

I'm looking for answer on such question. Imagine that CPU bugged on the factory simply like Blue Pill, but for the network's interconnections. How exactly firewall of OS could protect station ...
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Preventing exploits like ROP and Return-to-libc in modern Operating systems

As I was reading about the advanced exploits such as Return Oriented Programming (ROP), Retun-to-libc, etc., I came across many defenses to these attacks including techniques like ASLR, kBouncer, ROP ...
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Have there been any instances of malware in custom ROMs for Android?

Have there been any instances of malware or spyware packaged in custom ROMs, for example a malicious email app pre-installed that records your server IMAP username and password and forwards it to a ...
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Spoofing OS during browsing

I am using http://www.mybrowserinfo.com/ to gather some info about me while browsing. I want to change my OS to appear that its a Windows Xp machine.(No VM solutions please:D) If you have any ...
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VM security, how to access main OS

Is there any way for me to access the main computer if the VM has been infected? Let's say that I am running Debian or ubuntu in a VM and the main computer uses Windows (or other way around just so ...
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What is the most secure operating system out there? [closed]

Unfortunately, endpoint security is so terrifically weak that NSA can frequently find ways around it. -Edward Snowden Would it be safe to assume that every popular linux distro out there has a ...
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Android OS Security [closed]

I am somewhat confused in terms of how secure Android OS is and how updates work on Android. Are there security fixes on each release? How can I keep track for Android exploits and what are the most ...
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Remotely destroy all the data from a laptop having windows? [closed]

How can i remotely destroy all the data from a laptop having windows 7 as the OS? Is there a way to do that?
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OS fingerprinting protection - why not by default?

This article describes how to fool nmap in it's OS fingerprinting detection. In short, nmap sends malformed packets to open and closed ports and listens to the responses. Because every OS implements ...
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How to hack a Win95 machine?

While playing with old operating systems, I came across that there are no remote code execution exploits available for Win95 machines, running just file share (no IIS or anything else). Win95 neither ...
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Why do some people think Linux is more secure than Windows? [duplicate]

I have no idea if Linux is more secure than windows. I think Linux is more secure but I want to know what is going at kernel level. Somebody told me that Linux have only one main kernel and has it ...
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Are the Trends of Type II Hypervisors and Newer Applications a Security Issue?

It seems that every time I have a new 'binge' at using the likes of VirtualBox or VMWare (the Type II version), they've introduced even more high-level features, often ones that remove layers between ...
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Securing a Site: Diversity over Simplicity?

This question was derived from my off-topic questioning here: Does Centralisation Decrease the Probability but Increase the Damage of Exploits? Like before, I suspect this may be overly abstract as a ...
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How secure is the Windows 8 “Reset your PC” function?

Windows 8 has a feature to "Reset your PC" so that if someone needs to give their computer away, the recipient won't be able to recover data. How secure is it?
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Does Centralisation Decrease the Probability but Increase the Damage of Exploits?

This question is, perhaps, a tad too abstract for a Q&A site. But it's been playing on my mind for a while, so I'm throwing it out there. Modern systems seem to be increasingly centralised. An ...
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Alternatives to the “open PC” security model

Today, PCs (laptops, desktops, etc.) generally work under what I'll call the "open PC" security model. Users have full, system administrator/developer-level access to their own machine. Users can ...
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Loading of fake Library attack

Let's supose i have an executable file a.exe and it uses stdlib for some operations. Let's suppose an attacker changes the system stdlib to a "malicious" stdlib. The implications of this might be ...
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Designing a Sandbox for Windows

I am thinking about the design for a sandbox, which is able to execute arbitrary unmodified, untrusted binaries. The goal is to implement an application Unlike something like e.g. Google Chrome's ...
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Security test lab setup [closed]

I want to setup a testing lab in my basement for penetration/vulnerability testing & offensive/defensive security skills. I believe I have all the equipment that I need, and if I'll need something ...
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How secure are iPhone/Android/Windows 8 “PIN”/Pattern Lock features?

Most modern (and tablet-oriented) operating systems now offer alternative ways of logging on other than a strong password. For example, iPhones offer a 4-digit PIN, Android devices offer this and a ...
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If someone steals my laptop while I'm logged in, how can I protect my browser?

My question has its roots in an xkcd from this week: http://xkcd.com/1200/ Isn't this true and ironic? We place so much emphasis on browser security and OS security -- and rightly so -- yet if I ...
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Should the requirement of admin privileges be extended?

Seeing this comic from xkcd.com made me thinking: Is extending the requirement of admin privileges to things such as connecting to the internet, running the web browser, reading browser and other ...
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Force all user processes to be ptraced

I'm implementing a ptrace based tool for logging system call use. It is much more simple than strace, but I'm doing this so I can learn how these tools work. I'd like to trace all user processes since ...
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Secure OS deployment

I want to deploy operating system images on quite a lot of clients. I know that the images must contain the latest security patches, as well as hotfixes (assuming they are tested and approved for the ...
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Possible ways to test security for Windows Phone 7 or iOS devices [closed]

I'm trying to test the security features of different types of OSs available, and I decided to narrow this down to the Windows Phone 7 and iOS operating systems. I will be testing both my Nokia 800 ...
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Are file permissions set in Unix/Linux effective in Windows or Any other OS?

Consider some files and folder in Unix/Linux OS which are configured for only read access by root, if the hard drive stolen, and used in Windows Environment, are these permissions are still effective? ...
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Is online banking more secure on iOS than a desktop computer?

Does Apple's iOS provide a more secure environment for online commerce (banking or shopping) than Windows or Mac OS X? Since the only software that can run on iOS must be vetted by Apple, the ...
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Debugging and DLL-Injection

Hi, I am currently reading Gray Hat Python to learn about Debugging and various interesting techniques for binary analysis. So far I have learned an amazing amount of stuff (just read about ...
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ASLR and how a program can actually call its functions

I'm studying protection techniques and I've got a doubt about how ASLR works for a program in a Windows environment. As far as I know ASLR works by randomizing part of the imagebase address when ...
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How is hibernation supported, on machines with UEFI Secure Boot?

I've been learning about UEFI Secure Boot, which attempts to prevent "bootkits" by locking down the boot process so that only signed bootloaders and kernels can be loaded. Hibernation seems like a ...
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How does UEFI Secure Boot prevent “evil twin” spoofing attacks?

I've been learning about UEFI Secure Boot. It is designed to prevent malware from infecting the boot process and overwriting the bootloader. It has hardware-level protections to ensure that only a ...
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Are passwords stored in memory safe?

I just realized that, in any language, when you save a password in a variable, it is stored as plain text in the memory. I think the OS does its job and forbids processes from accessing each other's ...
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Is there a way to make changes to a virtual machine, test it out, and automatically make same changes to normal machine?

Is there a way to install programs and make changes to a virtual machine and if they work ok have them applied to the "actual" machine? For example in this question when fiasco_averted says "...only ...